The art of shadow art for children is such a simple artistic activity, yet so fascinating and beautiful. Children can simply trace any pattern of shadows and light on paper and then draw it.

Daphne and I made shadow art a couple of days ago. Both kids repeated the activity again this morning.

This is such a simple art activity. Yet so absorbing. And so beautiful.

We simply traced the pattern of shadow and light made by the morning sun streaming through the sheer floral curtains in our dining room window. And then painted our shadow tracings.

You could trace any shadow, by the way—no need for special curtains.*

We’ve done shadow tracing before by setting up a bouquet of flowers between the sunlight and the paper. You could also set up a lamp as a light source and place your object between the light and the paper. Or go outside and trace your body onto the sidewalk with chalk.

A young girl tracing the shadow coming through the sheer floral curtains.